CLERMONT, FL. -- The Wiliams College softball team concluded its trip down south with two tough losses Saturday, dropping an 8-6 decision to the University of Chicago and a 7-2 contest to Luther College.
The Ephs concluded their trip 8-3 overall. They are at Wheaton (Ma.) College Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
In the opener against Chicago, the Ephs led 5-0 after four innings, scoring twice in the first and three times in the second. Erica Li, who went 5 for 5 in the game, singled in the first and came around to score on a passed ball. Mackenzie Muphy doubled in the second run.
In the third, jessica Kim, Murphy and Melissa Cendejas notched RBI-singles for the five-run advantage.
Chicago responded with four runs in the top of the fifth to make it 5-4. An error on a sacrifice bunt in the top of the sixth allowed the Maroons to tie the score. Williams re-took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Cendejas' singled and pinch-runner Jill Jenkin scored on an error during that play.
But the Maroons had the final answer, scoring three times in the top of the seventh to pull out the victory.
Murphy took the loss, going the full seven inn ings and allowing 12 hits and eight runs, of which only three were earned. She did not walk a batter and struck out two.
The Ephs had 15 hits. Cendejas was 3 for 3 with an RBI and Murphy was 3 for 4 with two RBI.
In the nightcap, the Ephs fell behind 1-0 but rallied for two in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Kacey Cramer got the inning started with a single and Alejandra Magana drew a walk. Priscilla Pino singled to score Cramer to tie the game 1-1. One out later, Amanda Siedem's fielder's choice scored Magana with the go-ahead run.
Luther responded with two in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 lead and never looked back. Brooke Bovier took the loss, tossing six innings and giving seven hits and eight runs, only four earned, while walking five and striking out four.